The possibility of Shohei Ohtani suiting up for the Los Angeles Dodgers is constantly being talked about. There have even been reports that the team’s president is “obsessed” with him.
MLB.com reported on Monday (Aug. 8), “Many consider the Dodgers to be the favorite team for ‘two-hitter’ Shohei Ohtani. That includes ESPN’s Buster Olney.”
ESPN’s Olney reported that the Dodgers president is obsessed with Ohtani. MLB.com reported, “Olney said he was told by a Dodgers team official that president Andrew Friedman is ‘obsessed’ with Ohtani. He was told that the team will do everything in its power to keep him.”
Ohtani reportedly received a qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Angels. The qualifying offer is for one year and $2.025 million. 먹튀검증 Ohtani has until the 15th to decide.
He is one of the biggest names in the free agent market.
Some speculate that his price tag could be as high as $600 million ($813.9 million). According to CBS Sports, “Ohtani is sure to get a record-breaking payday.”
There is a steady stream of speculation that Ohtani could get at least as much as Aaron Judge, who re-signed for nine years and $360 million last year, making it less likely that he will accept a qualifying offer.
Ohtani appeared in 23 regular-season games (132 innings) as a pitcher this year, going 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA. As a hitter, he batted .245 (151-for-497) with 44 home runs, 95 RBIs, and a 1.066 OPS in 135 games.
He’s one of the most sought-after players in free agency this year, although an elbow injury that prevented him from finishing the season dented his rating a bit. He’ll be back next year as a hitter and in 2025 as a pitcher.
There has been a steady stream of reports that Ohtani could be headed to the Dodgers
The big markets that can afford him are the ones that are likely to be in the running, and the Dodgers are one of them.
The Dodgers would likely give up 315-homer slugger J.D. Martinez to invest in Ohtani. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Dodgers have decided not to make a qualifying offer to Martinez. The move is believed to be in order to acquire free agent Ohtani.
Martinez, who made his big league debut in a Houston uniform in 2011, bounced around Detroit, Arizona, and Boston before joining the Dodgers for a one-year, $10 million deal after last season.
In 113 games this season, he batted .271 with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs. He’s been the centerpiece of the Dodgers’ potent offense, but he’s likely to be pushed aside by Ohtani. “If the Dodgers can’t get Ohtani, they’ll be interested in bringing Martinez back,” Heyman said.